Local Events

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Many events may be cancelled to avoid spread of Covid-19, so please check before going

Community Photo Exhibit at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill

North Carolina is home to over 3,000 species of wildflowers. We want you to help us showcase the beauty and diversity of our native flowers. Get outside and take pictures of them, and then submit them here. We’ll share them in a digital gallery, and at the end of the year, we’ll display selected images in an exhibit in our DeBerry Gallery.

We’re looking for photographers of all ages and skill levels. Only have a smartphone? No problem! Prints will be at most 8×10 inches. We plan to display hundreds of photos!

Submissions: Open now! The final deadline for submissions is October 1, 2020. But the sooner you submit, the more likely you’ll be featured. You can use the submission form more than once to submit photos at different times, but we will not accept more than five total photos taken by one individual.

Acceptance: We’re accepting submissions on a rolling basis. We’ll send you an email letting you know if your image(s) will be featured in the show. We’ll send final acceptances by October 16.

Exhibit Dates: Friday, November 13 – Sunday, December 20, 2020

Subject matter: Native wildflowers in North Carolina. What’s a native wildflower? Check our definition. Flowers should be the focus. Animals can be a part of the scene, as can people (with their permission) – they just shouldn’t be the primary subject. Close-up shots, landscape views, and anything in between are all welcome.

Location: Anywhere in North Carolina: it could be a park, a public garden, a roadside, or a yard.

More information

Connestee Falls Mountain Gardeners 2020 Garden Tour
A Tour of Six Unique Gardens – JULY 11 – 9am – 2pm, (July 18 Rain Date)

– Still on as of May 20, 2020!


For additional information, contact Kathy Cordier at kathycordier@yahoo.com;
828 877.3588 or Susan Shaw at shaw47@hotmail.com;  803 549.363

Holmes Educational State Forest 

Holmes is open. Just remember to follow social distancing guidelines to help us keep forests open as safe places during the COVID-19 pandemic. To download Social Distancing Guidelines for North Carolina State Forests, click here.

For more information, contact Holmes Educational State Forest at (828) 692-0100.
1299 Crab Creek Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28739
Email: Holmesesf.ncfs@ncagr.gov
Website: https://www.ncesf.org/holmes.html

Winter 2020 Newsletter

70th Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage In t​he Great Smoky Mountains National Park
April 22 – 25, 2020 CANCELLED

Mark your calendars for the 2021 event on April 21-24.


Hellbenders – seen one? They area species of special concern, as they seem to be declining. That’s the point of this project. They are seldom seen, hiding under rocks. Don’t flip those rocks! Just gps them or note physical location. Eyeball length, note time of day and email lori.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 866.318.2401.

Discover Natural Transylvania

All Transylvania County Library events are CANCELLED until further notice.

Discover Natural Transylvania is a monthly program series at the Transylvania County Library exploring the place where we live, work, and play. Presenters include experts in the fields of ecology, biology, geology, flora, fauna, outdoor recreation, and more. The programs are on the first Thursday evening of most months at 6:30 pm in the
Rogow Room, Transylvania County Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, North Carolina 28712. Each program lasts approximately one hour. Light refreshments are provided. These free programs are supported by the Friends of the Library. For more information contact Marcy Thompson at 828-884-1820. Email: marcy.thompson@transylvaniacounty.org

Bag Lunch Arts
Our monthly Bag Lunch Arts Series spotlights authors, artists, performers, and speakers sharing their talent and knowledge. Held on the third Tuesday of most months at 12 noon in the Rogow Family Community Room, Transylvania County Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, North Carolina 28712. Patrons are encouraged to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy before the program. Cookies and coffee are courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Programs last approximately one hour.

Tuesday, June 16 – The History of the Pisgah Inn. Presented by author Marci Spencer.

Tuesday, July 21 – Around the World in 80 Days – The Women: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland. Presented by Paula Withrow.

Tuesday, August 18 – 19th Amendment Celebration – Program to be announced.

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

cullowheeJuly 22-25, 2020 CANCELLED
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

The purpose of the Cullowhee Conference is to increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native southeastern plant species in the landscape. Past participants of the conference have included landscape architects, commercial nursery operators, garden club members, botanists, and horticulturists from state highway departments, universities, native plant societies, botanical gardens, and arboretums. Both professionals and laypersons will gain valuable knowledge from the informative field trips, lectures, and workshops.

Friends of the Oklawaha

Henderson County is developing a new Greenway Master Plan. For more information and to  complete a short survey go to https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/greenway-network

The Greenway Master Plan establishes and communicates a broad vision for a countywide Greenway Network, and provides guidance to Henderson County and its partners, so that all involved can collaboratively work towards and benefit from that vision.

Wes Burlingame was a member of our club who led many outings, including on the Oklawaha Greenway. The Hendersonville City Council recently approved the development of a native plants garden on the Greenway in memory of Wes, a local nurseryman, lecturer and environmentalist. For three decades, Wes enthusiastically promoted the use of native plantings in private and public gardens throughout Henderson County. As a member of the Hendersonville Tree Board, he led Native Tree Walks on the Greenway and developed its pollinator beds. Volunteers will begin planting the area around the Greenway’s red kiosk in March. Tax deductible donations for the garden can be made through MountainTrue via the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway website at: https://www.friendsofoklawaha.org/6donate.php. Please make sure all donations are clearly marked “Friends of Oklawaha for Burlingame Memorial Garden” by using the prompt “Is there anything you want us to know?” on the last screen of the donation’s processing.






In alignment with Governor Cooper’s reopening plans, the Arboretum will be opening its campus in several phases.

Phase 1, Beginning Saturday, May 9

  • The Arboretum will limit the number of cars on-site in compliance with the Governor’s 50% capacity order to ensure that social distancing protocols can be managed. Please be aware that if you arrive to the Arboretum and our capacity is full, you will have to wait until space opens up or come back at another time.
  • The Arboretum will continue to operate under its traditional Fall/Winter Property Hours schedule. The property will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the incoming gate will close one hour prior at 6 p.m.
  • Only credit cards will be accepted for parking fee payment at the Gatehouse.
    Both buildings and the Bonsai Exhibition Garden will remain closed. Several portable restrooms will be available on campus for use.
  • Parking will only be available at two locations: the Recreation Parking Lot located near the Gatehouse and the parking lot located near the Production Greenhouse. Campus Police will direct any overflow parking along Greenhouse Way. The main parking area is under heavy construction and will be inaccessible during this first phase of trail access.
  • Guests are encouraged to use the trail system only at this time; garden access may be restricted in certain places and accessible only by trails. One-way routes will also be employed in designated areas to minimize contact with others and control social distancing.
  • Groups of 10 or more are discouraged. Please continue to stay six feet apart from others when on the trails and in the gardens.
  • Personal face coverings are encouraged while on the Arboretum property. Please follow all CDC guidelines regarding proper sanitation and hygiene measures; do not leave your home if you are showing any symptoms related to COVID-19, including a dry cough, fever, shortness of breath.
  • All on-site programming, including classes and events, remain suspended. Online classes are available for registration via the Arboretum’s website.
  • Also note: Pedestrian gate access into Bent Creek Experimental Forest is now open (updated: May 15, 2020).

Next Steps: Thank you in advance for helping us keep the Arboretum safe and compliant with local and state orders as we reopen trails to the public. As we monitor the response and interactions on campus during “Phase 1,” we will update the next steps and subsequent Phases in conjunction with the state and the Arboretum’s own safety measuring process.

NC Arboretum Adult Education Classes
NC Arboretum Calendar of Events

Grow Magazine



bullingtonBullington Gardens Events & Workshops

95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville NC 28792
Call (828) 698-6104 for more information.


The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

Effective March 25, 2020, the Botanical Gardens are closed. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are closed. All April and May classes and the Spring Plant sale have been cancelled.

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville offers many helpful and informative classes designed to deepen your relationship to the region’s flora and fauna and to help you successfully landscape with natives. We enjoy relationships with many of the region’s naturalist experts. Thanks to their generosity, we can offer our community an in-depth and affordable look at one of the world’s most unique and diverse native habitats.

Click here for calendar. For more information call 828.258.8737 x 216 or Email: susan@mountaintrue.org

North Carolina Native Plant Society – Western Chapter


Contact botanynerd89@gmail.com for more details or https://www.facebook.com/botanynerds

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-6734

Find out more information about upcoming events on our website:  www.malaprops.com/event

Submit events for inclusion to wcbotanicalclub@gmail.com